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Thank you, Napa Valley Register, for continuing to inform the community on the full array of fine arts we have in this place we call home, including the recent, well-written Arts section articles by Eva Warshawski and David Kerns.

However, we would be remiss if we did not also recognize and thank the amazing people and organizations providing arts in literature programming throughout 2017.

Kudos to the increasing number of literary, live, and visual arts events hosted by our local libraries. Napa Bookmine and Copperfield’s Napa have both blossomed in the past twelve months—headlining local authors as well as internationally known out-of-the-area book writers. Napa Bookmine hosted Napa’s inaugural Napa Bookfest this year, tying into the well known and long running Bay Area Bookfest.

Arts Council Napa Valley, Arts Association Napa Valley, and Napa Valley Writers are partnering to offer programs for writers and other artists in the classrooms and in the wider community. The local American Assn. University Women (AAUW) again hosted its annual author’s event, drawing a crowd of enthusiastic readers, to assist in building its scholarship program.

Lucky Penny now adds Lucky Shorts to their schedule, featuring short pieces by local authors. And we cannot forget the teachers in our children’s classrooms, who partner with parents and children in building an appreciation of art in our children.

Napa Valley College’s July Writers Conference brought a faculty of excellent writers and students from around the country to enrich their writing of poetry and fiction, as always also inviting the community to participate. This year, two local students attended on scholarships provided by Napa Valley Writers Club. Written Word Open Mics take place on a regular basis throughout the year, including during our fabulous Arts in April celebration. Even the Napa Farmer’s Market provided booths for local literary artists this past season.

The written word is a talent we take for granted on so many levels. Without it, we’d all be in the dark. When visiting Copperfield’s or the Bookmine, look for books by local authors. There are several. You might start with a copy of “First Press: Collected Works of Napa Valley Writers”, the inaugural anthology of written works by your local friends and neighbors. Perhaps you might become a contributor to the second volume, planned for publication in 2018.

Kathleen Thomas

Napa

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